My daughter sent me a photo see saw on Instagram of a canvas that had strips of masking tape across it and some children had then painted over the canvas. Once painted, the tape was removed to leave quite a striking image.
As my daughter has twin boys who are fast approaching their 3rd birthday, she suggested it as an idea to keep them amused next time I have them over.
This weekend was a 48hr Granddad marathon and I duly dug out a new canvas and with masking tape put my own spin the the idea (Picasso said something about this didn’t he?).
First I drew a straight line from corner to corner making a large X across the canvas as guidelines. I then tore the tape into strips giving me a straight edge and a torn edge and made concentric squares.
I let the boys loose with a selection of brushes and large tubes of red, blue and yellow acrylic paint from The Works at £2 a pop, a bleedin’ bargain if you ask me and no laundry traumas either! My daughter does like to dress them well. Once the carnage subsided, it took less than 5 minutes to clean up the mess on the kitchen floor with a wet bit of kitchen roll.
I let the paint dry for a while as it looked like it had been applied with a Plasterer’s Float, which in fact added to it rather than spoilt it and being still slightly wet, the masking tape pulled away without tearing or smearing the paint.
In the morning I asked the boys if they remembered painting last night and of course they did. At the time their painting was right behind me (now with tape removed) and it wasn’t until I pointed it out to them hat the recognised it as their and even at such a young age, they were visibly chuffed with the end result, much to my surprise. I didn’t expect any kind of reaction to be honest, too long in the tooth these days!
So, my hot tip for this week is this. If you’ve got kids, no matters who’s, it’s a banker to keep them occupied for a while and since then, I’ve thought of buying these for our trip to Cyprus in September to keep them occupied. To me, it looks like an opportunity for maximum return on keeping the occupied with the minimum risk of mess.
It’s been a while since I last used these but the concept is amazingly simple. You draw with the crayons (obviously!) and then the brushes, which have hollow handles, you fill with water and then brush over the drawing and as the crayons are soluble, it sort of melts/dissolves the crayon and can be worked on further just like paint.